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18 States for 18 Wheelers: A countdown

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Since truck driving is one of the most common jobs in the United States – AND since it’s #truckertuesday – AND since we host an amazing event called the “Mother’s Day Truck Convoy” – we thought we could take a look into which states are the best states for truck drivers to live in and that became the basis for this week’s blog post! (ps-PA is in the top 18!)

Let’s be honest: Truckers spend a lot of their time on the road, some going from state to state and crossing borders like it’s their job. Oh, wait.

Since truck driving is one of the most common jobs in the United States – AND since it’s #truckertuesday – AND since we host an amazing event called the “Mother’s Day Truck Convoy” – we thought we could take a look into which states are the best states for truck drivers to live in and that became the basis for this week’s blog post! (ps-PA is in the top 18!)

18.  Ohio: Although drivers in Ohio make an average of 4% below the national average, location wise, this state gives great access to New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Detroit – all without living in the actual state that each city resides in.

17. Tennessee: With no sales tax and holding Memphis, the shipping hub for the east coast, of course this state would have its benefits.

16. Pennsylvania: Good old “PA” has delicious food for truckers and locals alike, and depending on what you prefer, there are rolling plains and mountains all over the state!

15. Hawaii: Bringing in an average of $40,000 per year for a trucker, Hawaii did not make the list for the income rates. It’s natural beauty, lack of snakes, welcoming natives and delicious food are the reasons this set of islands made the list.

14. Alaska: If you’re a fan of the cold and gorgeous views, you’ll be a fan of living in this state. A lot of people want to visit Alaska, but not everyone wants to stay. For that reason and many others, trucking companies are willing to pay a lot for drivers.

13. Indiana: Whether driving or living, Indiana provides a comfortable way of life. Being pretty flat in layout, the state gives an easy-drive for truckers.

12. Oklahoma: Oklahoma gives way to lighter state regulations, a lower average cost of living and reports an average salary of $50,000 per year.

11. Michigan: In Michigan, the cost to renew a CDL license is $25 – the same as the cost for the original license. Unlike other states, it doesn’t increase dramatically by year or by license renewal.

10. Alabama: For a truck tractor, the license plate cost in this state usually reaches around $586.25 per 3-axle; much lower than some states which can be 12 times that amount. Spending less money on your license plate means more money in your pocket.

9. Florida: Why not beat the rush to retire? By living and trucking out of Florida, drivers can enjoy the warm weather and beach for their vacation days. The mix of people and rich culture will keep you interested even when you’re not flying down the highway.

8. Washington: Marking the midway point between California and Canada, Washington also marks the state where drivers make 16% more than truck drivers on average in the rest of the country. This state also offers a variety of cargo to be transported includes everything from aircraft parts to fresh fish.

7. Illinois: With Chicago is the leading city in railroad freight – the strength of this state shows in terms of transporting goods through several outlets.  Choosing a home in the suburbs of “Chi-town” can leave you sitting pretty with a high range of job security. 

6. Texas: With NASA, Houston, and Dallas – everything is bigger in Texas! For truckers, this can also mean a 10% pay raise just for being a trucker out of Houston! With gorgeous views and warm weather, Texas is an obvious choice for a top 18 state.

5. New York: in this state, you’ll find loads of jobs for truckers while visiting the highest paying city in America. On average, truckers working through the big apple can earn more than $105.000 per year. Enough said.

4. Kansas: Trucking included, no matter what your job may be – Kansas provides some of the cheapest rental listings in the entire country. If you’re not home very often, why not pay as little as you can for a brand-new one-bedroom apartment. Less than $500 a month will pay your rent in Kansas.

3. Louisiana: The nicest people “supposedly” live in Louisiana. Despite this state not being the highest on the monetary value scale, it is well known that money can’t be happiness.

2. Georgia: Last year, Forbes announced that the number one city to be a trucker in and to reside in would be Atlanta, Georgia. This city topped the list in the categories of most jobs offered, highest annual salary and even the lowest rent (as a percentage of salary).

1. Your truck. Truck driver spend most of their time in their own trucks – make it enjoyable and love it while it lasts! 


Remember our 28th annual Mother's Day Truck Convoy is only a few weeks away but you still have time to sign up, fundraise and get involved! Join us 
May 14, 2017  at Burle Business Park! To learn how you can participate in the Convoy or for more information about the event, visit: philasv.wish.org/convoy

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